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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – One beach in St. Thomas failed in water quality testing done by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) and is not considered safe to swim or fish in. DPNR said this weekend that Water Bay on the East End of St. Thomas should be avoided by swimmers and fishermen because the

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Health and Human Services’ Sylvia Burwell WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday that it would provide $742,000 to health centers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa to help address the Zika virus. The announcement comes after the House advanced a conference report to the

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ORANJESTAD — Citgo Petroleum, the U.S. unit of  Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), will likely invest about $400 million to $600 million to overhaul Aruba’s refinery under a 25-year lease with the Caribbean island’s government, a top PDVSA official said on Wednesday. Citgo earlier this month signed the agreement to

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TRUNK BAY,  St. John — The sunscreen we slather on to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays is doing incredible damage to the world’s coral reefs. A 2015 study found that just a small amount of sunscreen containing the ingredient oxybenzone is enough to break down coral, causing it

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  V.I. AG Claude Walker FORT WORTH — A court ruling in Texas has set the stage for ExxonMobil’s legal challenge to a climate change investigation by the Virgin Islands Attorney General to proceed in federal court. Exxon and the V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker had been bickering for more than

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   An agricultural cooperative in Cuba. SAN JUAN — Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, the

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MIAMI— Beneath the hum of ship traffic and the chatter of marine life, another sound is emanating from the Caribbean Sea. It’s far too low pitched for humans to hear, but its signature can be detected from space. Scientists have never seen—or heard—anything like it. Located southeast of the Gulf

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HAVANA — A Russian electrical power generating company has signed a deal with Cuba to install four power generators costing $1.36 billion, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned. According to the Russian firm Inter RAO, three generators will be for the Este Habana power plant in Santa Cruz del

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A dying giant clam affected by bleaching. SAN JUAN — Bad coral reef news seems to be never-ending these days. Case in point: on Monday, scientists announced that the world is in for an unprecedented third year of coral bleaching across the globe. The announcement comes courtesy of NOAA Coral

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 V.I. AG Claude Walker WASHINGTON — The 17 attorneys general pursuing climate change dissenters for accusations of “fraud” want House Republicans to mind their own business — but that’s not going to happen. Seventeen Republicans on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee reasserted their right in a Friday letter

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